The NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas has been delayed for a third time, after endeavors to dry the circuit for a trusted restart were again scuppered.
The race, which is the second leg of the semi-last portion of the Playoffs, was initially suspended on Sunday evening after light downpour and a hefty fog wrapped the 1.5-mile circuit, with the race being stopped on Lap 52 of a booked 334 visits.
NASCAR initially would have liked to continue the race on Monday at 10am nearby time, prior to forsaking those plans late on Monday evening for a 4pm restart on Tuesday.
Expectations were raised that the race, the 34th of 36 on the schedule would be continued at 8.30pm on Tuesday.
Nonetheless, similarly as NASCAR and track authorities were gaining acceptable ground in drying the track, a light fog returned and it was regarded that NASCAR had ‘lost the track’ around 45 minutes before the arranged resumption.
It is currently trusted that a good climate conjecture in the Fort Worth region for Wednesday evening will permit the competition to be restarted at 3pm.
Given the race restarts around then, it would have been 71 hours since the warnings were first appeared.
It is perceived, if NASCAR can run the 501-mile experience on Wednesday, there will be no unfriendly thump on impact on Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway – approximately 1,150 miles from Texas Motor Speedway in the province of Virginia.
At the point when the race continues, the resigning Clint Bowyer will lead the field to green – the Stewart Haas Ford Mustang driver taking just fuel on board during a series of pitstops behind the wellbeing vehicle not long before the suspension of the race.
Jimmie Johnson, likewise in his last full-time year of Cup dashing before a change to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi for road and street courses in 2021, will restart second for Hendrick Motorsports, thusly in front of Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing).
Team Penske’s Joey Logano – who is now secured in the title race at Phoenix on 8 November and Jones’ JGR colleague Martin Truex Jr, who moved from the back of the field following the revelation of an illicit back wing on his Toyota Camry soon after pre-race tech by an official, balance the best five.
Ordinary season champion Kevin Harvick will continue in a lapped 36th spot following contact with the divider in the slippy conditions on Lap 30, which left the SHR driver requiring an additional stop for fixes.
Denny Hamlin will arrange in fifteenth spot subsequent to sliding high through Turn 1 on the restart following the planned rivalry alert.
Of the other Playoff hopefuls still in conflict to make it to Phoenix, Chase Elliott will restart in 6th spot, Brad Keselowski is ninth, Kurt Busch is fourteenth, while taking four new Goodyear tires at the stops under the wellbeing vehicle dropped race pioneer Alex Bowman to eighteenth in his Chevrolet Camaro.